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June 21 2013

14:03

35 Logos Designs that Make Use of Mascots

When it comes to logo designs, there are plenty of different styles and approaches that can be used. Of course, the best approach will vary from one project and one business to the next.

One approach for logo design is to include a mascot. The mascot could be an animal, a person, or even a robot. In this article we’ll showcase 35 examples of logos that make use of mascots. The logos shown here are from a variety of different logo designers. Hopefully they can provide some inspiration for your own logo design projects.

The Groover

The Groover

Duct Dudes

Duct Dudes

Sleeping Owl

Sleeping Owl

Jogos

Jogos

VeriHandy

VeriHandy

Android Advices

Android Advices

Bancroft Bulldogs

Bancroft Bulldogs

Deal Me

Deal Me

Panda Fever

Panda Fever

Moreland Mavericks

Moreland Mavericks

Rebel Monkey

Rebel Monkey

Champur

Champur

Zubry Bialystok

Zubry Bialstok

Peter’s Gourmetsåser

Peter's Gourmetsaser

Fat Puppy

Fat Puppy

Liquid Panda

Liquid Panda

BizHero

BizHero

MightyBeaver Designs

MightyBeaver Designs

Half Badger Records

Half Badger Records

Tony Toners

Tony Toners

Capone’s

Capone's

South London Swords

South London Swords

Happy Counstruire

Happy Construire

Monkey Words

Monkey Words

Happy Buddha

Happy Buddha

Get Bonkers

Get Bonkers

Shedrik

Shedrik

Onst Creative

Onst Creative

PushRobot

Push Robot

Fearless Studios

Fearless Studios

Recipe Bot

Recipe Bot

Uncle Fox

Uncle Fox

Clowntale

Clowntale

Grrrafix

Grrrafix

Telezoo

Telezoo

For more logo design inspiration please see:

June 20 2013

14:06

40+ Inspiring Business Card Designs that Create a Big First Impression

Millions of business are jostling each other and trying to make an impression online. There’s crazy amount of competition on the internet, and it is not easy to make your business stand apart from the competition. Everyone is trying innovative ways of attracting and retaining the attention of the customers. In this scenario, focusing designing efforts in the direction of the physical world can pay off big time.

Business cards have not vanished in spite of the wave of digitalization that has hit businesses all over the world. Well-designed business cards, especially innovative business card designs, have the power to make a business memorable in a unique manner. Here, we take a look at beautiful, inspiring and memorable business card designs that have the power to create a big impression on the recipients straightaway.

Chef Burger

Chef Burger

REACTOR Business Card

Reactor Business Card

Jae Salavarrieta

Jae

GreenBuilder’s Depot

GreenBuilder's Depot

il pro getto Design Studio

il pro getto

Actual Size Creative

Actual Size Creative

Super Capacity

Super Capacity

Woz

Woz

Victor Dorobantu

Victor

Black Suit Business Card

Lawyer

Fifth Floor Gallery

Fifth Floor

Alvena

Alvena

Orderin.ca

orderin.ca

Brigada Creative

Brigada Creative

Hair Make-Up Artist

Hair Makeup Artist

The Bombay Bakery

The Bombay Bakery

ACME

Acme

Cutting Edge

Cutting Edge

Built-to-Spec

Built to Spec

Casey Causey

Casey Causey

 

Whiskey

Whiskey

SNAP – John Doe

Snap!

Design Crumbs

Design Crumbs

TAM Cargo

TAM Cargo

Photography of Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones

Graphic Designer – Daria Malyushina

Daria

Cafe Java

Cafe Java

Chris Fisher

Chris Fisher

Structural Graphics, LLC

Structural Graphics

Piano Repair

Piano Repair

Dara Blakeley

Dara Blakeley

Josh Can Help

Josh Can Help

Snowcat

Snowcat

Caroline Myers

Caroline Myers

DDQ Design

DDQ Design

Genix Design

Genix Design

Clock

Clock

Black Napkin

Black Napkin

Sandrine Abraham- Web Designer

Sandrine

Alteroy Design

Alteroy Design

Event Manager

Event Manager

We hope that studying the different design elements in these business cards (and just looking at them!) will inspire you to add a dash of creativity and uniqueness in your next design project. These are some of the best business card designs that I have been able to find. If there are other business card designs that have inspired you, be sure to share them in the comments!

About the Author:

Helen Thomas works for PLAVEB, a leading website development company located in Los Angeles, California that also offers HTML5 website design services. She loves to write for various web design blogs. In her free time, she likes to cook for her family. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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June 18 2013

15:35

25 Clever, Inspiring & Beautiful Logos Using Negative Space

Logos are more than a wise combination of text and graphics. They represent the brand. The three vital attributes of a functional logo are – that it must be easy to interpret, simple in design, and of course attractive. Many times logo designers get caught up in the rush to add many frill elements to build robust logos. Well, in my opinion, you must never do that. Remember the rule – K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid).

One of the techniques you can implement is to wisely make use of ‘negative space’. When done properly, this space adds more depth and perspective to your brand logo. If you are struggling with the design of your logo or want some improvisation just scroll down this list of 25 clever, inspiring and beautiful logos that use negative space.

Nexcite

Nexcite
By Amore, Blair Thomson

This is one of my favorite because it is simple, cute and uses basic colors to seek attention. Nexcite’s brand identity is aptly conveyed via the logo – a refreshing beverage that kicks energy in you as soon as you consume it. The heart and the red color in the logo states that the drink is often marketed as a romantic drink from Sweden with love.

WWF

WWF
By Sir Peter Scott, later modified by Landor

Extremely good use of negative space to represent an otherwise large animal in the logo. Panda in the logo also represents an endangered species which the WWF is striving to conserve.

Guild of Food Writers

Guild of Food Writers
By 300million

There is a spoon in the middle representing food and a nib of an ink pen that stands for writers. This is a fine example of a precise and sophisticated logo making the best use of negative space.

London Underground

London Underground
Designed by Edward Johnston

Using only very simple sans-serif font and effective use of negative space London Underground got a stylish yet functional logo. The colors stand out as they can be easily visible from far, as well.

Penguin

Penguin
Designed by Edward Preston Young

The logo oozes class and mass appeal in the use of its design and coloring. Do you know that Edward Young spent a day in the zoo to actually draw penguins in all poses. After a series of modifications the final logo appeared ‘dignified but flippant.’

Message

Message
Designed by Sam Dallyn

Great design by the art director and designer presenting a complex idea in a clear and pretty way. The logo is more about the strong association one experiences with the word ‘message’ and the ‘brand’ in a broader sense.

Height

Height
By Strizhart

A well balanced and fun logo that makes wise use of the negative space between the arrows and around it. It is an easy to transport medium among various platforms and can be stacked with colors, in cases needed.

Estantial

Estantial
By Ocularink

Concise and smart logo using negative space to make its point. The upward pointing arrow shows the forward thinking of the designer and brand.

8 Fish

8 Fish
By Jerron

This logo is a cool work to actually see negative space in action. It conveys the message accurately and is really outstanding in its regard.

Broentech

Broentech
By DP Designs

Use of negative space makes the design remarkable and refined in more than one way. It has a dual personality of being suave yet robust in its appearance.

Panda Bowl

Panda Bowl
By Almosh

Amazing negative space variations in the design and bright colors gives the logo a comprehensive look. It has its unique personality and is very welcoming.

J/S

J/S
By Jose

A very simple yet attention grabbing way of designing a logo. A monogram has been creatively worked around using negative space.

Totem Media

Totem Media
By Olaru

This logo is a combination of various techniques such as vertical writing technique, negative spacing and bold fonts to make it attractive. It conveys an immense depth and meaning.

Locks

5 Locks
By Dalius Stuoka

Extremely clever logo that does little to enhance its overall appeal. The strength of this design lies in its simplicity and instant association that anyone can have with it.

Motion

Motion
By Nickhood

Awesome work of combing arrows to make a holistic design using negative space. It is modest, representative and very classy.

Magic Carpet Productions

Magic Carpet Productions
By Captiv8

The logo reminds you of our favorite fairy tale and builds a strong association with the brand. It uses negative space properly to develop a strong sense of production(s) the company overtakes.

VinoPiano

VinoPiano
By Mootto Studio

All I can think of this logo is – elegance at its best. Negative space used just at the right proportion makes it a very tempting brand to indulge in.

Pencil

Pencil
By Reghardt
A very clean, simple and functional logo depicting the brand. What attracts me most is the effective use of color and font with negative space.

Royal Clothes

Royal Clothes
By Abdallah Ahizoune

A cutely used negative space spelling the core message of the brand. The proportions are just right neither more or less to pass on the brand’s work.

Waiter

Waiter
By Dan

This logo design has used negative space to depict the many aspects of the brand. It is nonetheless a clever approach to design methodology.

InShop

In-Shop
By Srdjan Kirtic

Inspired from bar-codes this logo has a nicely done background which helps to easily interpret the brand. Usable yet playful at the same time.

Elephone

Elephone
By Jan Meeus

A thought provoking logo, represents the brand as being innovative, smart and performance centric. Besides, having tons of mass appeal.

Bull

Bull
By dodongjohnjohn

Interesting logo that shows the bull horns in its logo. A crisp and innovative idea in action. A thumbs up from me!

Moon

Moon
By Joe Prince

Brilliantly executed moon logo design. The logo helps to build an easy recognition and recall for the brand by using negative space to spell out m-o-o-n.

The Robin's Nest

The Robin’s Nest Barber Shop
By Double A

This logo had to make to my wonder list. Expertly made logo using negative space renders it a rather wholesome and awesome look and feel.

To Summarize

It maybe small in its form but it holds great value for any brand which not only wants to gain a large market share but have a brand market of its own. A logo conveys the passion and enthusiasm that the brand wants to share among its users.

About the Author:

Skylar Barret works for PLAVEB, a custom logo design company located in Los Angeles. He is a passionate web and logo designer and enjoys brainstorming ideas with friends and colleagues. Whenever he gets time he loves to draw design inspirations from around the globe.

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June 14 2013

12:49

Design Trend: Sticky Headers and Navigation Menus

Today we’ll take a look at a trend that you have probably noticed, websites using sticky or fixed position headers. When a visitors scrolls down the header will remain in view at the top of the browser rather than moving out of view at the top of the screen. The sticky header can help to make it easier for visitors to navigate through a site as they can quickly access the navigation menu rather than having to scroll back to the top of the page.

Here we will showcase 25 different websites that are making use of sticky headers. The screenshots show the headers as they appear after scrolling down. Visit any of the example sites to see them in action.

Pixel2HTML

Pixel2HTML

De Vetpan

De Vetpan

Kerem Suer

Kerem Suer

Tweed Barbers

Tweed Barbers

Sweez

Sweez

Loft City Church

Loft City Church

Carrera

Carrera

Nosh

Nosh

Digitalworx

Digitalworx

Jumpbox Design

Jumpbox Design

With

With

I Shot Him

I Shot Him

Seed Spot

Seed Spot

Grain and Mortar

Grain and Mortar

Manos

Manos

Daniel Filler

Daniel Filler

Heathlife

Heathlife

Nic Brunson

Nic Brunson

Norther Pixels

Norther Pixels

Switch

Switch

Milk & Pixels

Milk & Pixels

Teamgeek

Teamgeek

Grooveshark

Grooveshark

Tony Headrick

Tony Headrick

Studio NEC

Studio NEC

June 13 2013

12:49

Popular Design Trends for Responsive Navigation

The mobile responsive website layout has become a very common apparatus for designers. Building a layout is never easy and each website generally requires a unique solution. Responsive design incorporates both desktop and mobile devices to provide a uniform browsing experience. I have seen a lot of fantastic examples showcasing responsive web design trends.

In this article I want to focus particularly on navigation menus. To build a responsive navigation you need a technique for handling the resize down to lower resolutions, or consequentially handling the expansion for wider desktop monitors. Check out these various techniques which are my choices following the most popular ideas for responsive navigation. There are obviously some other solutions out there, but this collection should give you ideas for getting started with your own responsive designs.

Block-Level Menu Links

Consider navigation menus which are using single box-style links in an orderly fashion. As you resize the window, these boxes either need to shrink or re-organize themselves. Block-level responsive menus are those which are designed to always keep the links showing in various positions on the page.

william csete portfolio website layout inspiration

As you can see in the portfolio of William Csete, it is possible to structure 3 different break points for your navigation. CSS3 media queries are the quickest and easiest method for building a responsive navigation which looks good in all modern browsers. The links on his website are always kept in block formation, even on 320px width iPhone screens you can see the most important links directly under the logo.

deren keskin website portfolio responsive nav

Block and inline-block links are great when you only have a small collection of them. It will not be difficult to reorganize the pattern of links and they can shrink to almost any size. What’s important is being creative and pushing the boundaries for whatever looks best. Do not be afraid to demo a style and see how it looks. Just keep your links flexible yet sturdy and always displaying above the fold.

Condensing the Navigation

A similar idea is to condense your links into smaller spaces while also re-organizing the position as needed. Generally you would use this technique with horizontal navigation menus which span a large section of the header area. Block-level nav links typically stay the same size and keep their original padding. But for condensing you only need to update the sizes and space between the navigation items, like the example on Oliver Russell’s website.

oliver russell website portfolio inspiration navigation

The varying colors help to distinguish between each of the core navigation links. Although his website may have a large collection of webpages, the top navigation only holds 4 main links. This is why you notice so much extra space which is slowly reducing the padding as the layout resizes. The design style also reminds me of the navigation on Bodhum which condenses links smaller until they eventually break up to display above the logo.

the bodhum network homepage responsive design inspiration

Another interesting possibility for condensing links is to shift from a horizontal into a vertical navigation. This way you are not hiding links away from the page and users can still have full access to them. The website layout by Truf is an excellent example. As the links begin to condense and get closer to the logo, a responsive style will force them into a vertical pattern instead. Using this design you could potentially fit 6 or 7+ links all in order, although it might look somewhat cluttered on a mobile smartphone.

truf creative website layout responsive navigation links

Input Select Options

Many of the new free WordPress themes which are released on their website are utilizing this mobile navigation technique. Not all WP themes are responsive, but for the select few that are I have noticed the navigation eventually turns into a dropdown select menu. Clicking on a specific page will bring you immediately to that page and it becomes the selected option.

smashing magazine homepage layout inspiration responsive

On the latest redesign of Smashing Magazine you can also see this feature being implemented. I will say that although it can look a little out of place, there is plenty of room for keeping links available. This method is very easy to setup and you do not need to worry much about font sizes or extra padding.

japi blog website responsive navigation design interface

There are a couple downsides to this as well, namely that users may be confused as to the purpose of this dropdown. More people are becoming familiar with responsive layouts every day. But some visitors may not recognize this trend, and they may be confused as to the purpose of a select menu at the top of the page. But you can encourage users by designing a nice fitted layout around the navigation select menu. Japi Blog does an excellent job with their responsive design by encapsulating the nav between a dashed border box.

Hidden Dropdown Toolbars

When it comes to hiding navigation links there are 2 fantastic solutions I have found. This first choice is to use a typical dropdown navigation which toggles as the user taps the nav button. Some dropdown menus could appear on top of the page content as you see with Performance Marketing Awards. This option will save space on the page and keep the animation effect relatively disconnected from the page content.

performance marketing awards internet toolbar navigation inspiration

I like this idea for simple portfolio websites or personal blogs. Generally these websites do not require too many links, so the menu itself should never go beyond the page height. If you are using fixed positioning then this may be a problem and other dropdown/pushdown menus would be a better idea. Right away my first thought is the responsive navigation for the Treehouse Blog. Instead of having the dropdown appear over the content, instead it will push down the page to make room for displaying the full vertical navigation.

treehouse blog teamtreehouse responsive layout hidden navbar

This idea stands out to me the most because you can include sub-links and even sub-sub-links if necessary. It is an elegant solution for switching between a desktop-style hover dropdown into a mobile-style click-to-toggle dropdown. Andrew Chalkley even wrote a tutorial for the blog explaining how developers can build their own responsive dropdown navigation.

tigerlily navigation responsive homepage webdesign

Sliding Nav Boxes

The other alternative for a hidden responsive navigation is to keep your links off to the side of the page and toggle this menu in a similar fashion. The user may tap on a button to hide/show the navigation, but it will slide in from the side as is typical of many iOS applications. The homepage design for Kin HR uses this technique combined with a top-level hidden navigation.

kin hr startup homepage inspiration background navigation hidden

The initial page uses a large fullscreen background with links positioned off in the right corner. As you resize the layout a small 3-line toggle button will appear. Tap this to see the nav links push down the page and appear right at the top. Visitors can easily toggle between showing and hiding these links without much difficulty.

sequence startup homepage navigation sliding vertical

The hidden responsive menu for Sequence behaves in a similar fashion. The toggle button will slide the entire page over to the right, which reveals a common vertical navigation menu. I have seen this trend skyrocket in recent iPhone applications and it provides one of the easiest & quickest user experiences. Strangely their website toggle button does not close the nav, instead you have to tap somewhere in the body or onto one of the links. But obviously this implementation will change between each website and you can choose your own functionality when building a similar navigation menu.

Responsive Design Galleries

Final Thoughts

Although mobile responsive design has been around for years, it seems to have undergone a tremendous expansion over the year 2012. I would not be surprised if we find even more inspiration galleries, open source libraries, webapps, and design practices revolving around compatible responsive websites.

I hope these navigation trends may provide a starting point for launching your next project. The key aspects to consider would involve how many links are to be included in the design, plus how they should be formatted within the layout. But spending some extra time planning out your responsive ideas will certainly yield a beautiful final product design.

About the Author:

Jake is a freelance writer and frontend web developer. He can be found writing in many blogs on topics such as mobile interfaces, freelancing, jQuery, and Objective-C. Check out his other articles throughout Google and follow his tweets @jakerocheleauJake’s Google+ profile.

June 04 2013

04:49

25 Clean Web Designs for Inspiration

When it comes to the style of a website’s design there are all kinds of options. Part of having an effect website involves having a design that helps to prioritize the right content and elements on the website, which results in users/visitors pay more attention to those important elements.

One of the best ways to control the parts of the website that will get the most attention from visitors is to remove things that are unnecessary and might cause a distraction. In recent years the minimalist design approach has drawn a lot of attention, especially from designers who appreciate the beauty of simplicity. However, designing a website to avoid clutter and distractions doesn’t mean that it has to be completely minimal with very few images and visual elements.

In this post we’ll showcase 25 sites that use a clean layout and design, eliminating unneeded clutter. Some of these sites are more minimalistic than others, but they all showcase the power of a clean design.

Foundry Collective

Foundry Collective

SumAll

SumAll

Mailbox

Mailbox

Pixeno

Pixeno

My Name is Dan

My Name is Dan

Simone Favarin

Simone Favarin

Swear Words

Swear Words

Jumpbox Design

Jumpbox Design

Evolve Artistic

Evolve Artistic

Nudge

Nudge

Wixel

Wixel

Osito

Osito

Northbound Design

Northbound Design

Blimp

Blimp

William Leeks

William Leeks

Thibault Jorge

Thibault Jorge

Dodge & Burn

Dodge & Burn

Roy Barber

Roy Barber

Lab Fiftyfive

Lab Fiftyfive

Enjoythis

Enjoythis

Amanda Cole

Amanda Cole

Scanadu

Scanadu

Funkhaus

Funkhaus

GOOQX

GOOQX

Michiel de Graaf

Michiel de Graaf

For more design inspiration please see:

May 21 2013

11:34

40 Stunning Doodles for Inspiration

When it comes to art and design sometimes the best way to boost your own creativity is to browse inspirational works of art from others. In this article we’ll showcase 40 examples of amazing doodles. The hand-drawn style is one that can be used in a variety of different ways and on all kinds of different projects. You could incorporate doodled elements in a web design, business card, poster, t-shirt, or just about anything.

The items shown here come from various artists. Most of them are available for larger views at the source, which you can reach by clicking on any of the images or credit links. In some cases, the source will also showcase additional work by the artist.

Doodles

By lei-melendres

Doodles

By Faheema Patel

Doodles

By Joshua M. Smith

Doodles

By balabolka

Doodles

By Danielle Aldrich

Doodles

By Lorrie Whittington

Doodles

By Catie Cook

Doodles

By Kerby Rosanes

Doodles

By balabolka

Doodles

By Lienke Raben

Doodles

By Balabolka

Doodles

By Kerby Rosanes

Doodles

By lei-melendres

Doodles

By SimplySaraArt

Doodles

By lei-melendres

Doodles

By lei-melendres

Doodles

By lei-melendres

Doodles

By Ithelda

Doodles

By thestarfpisces

Doodles

By JoeyCS

Doodles

By 00Ratboy

Doodles

By lei-melendres

Doodles

By pikajane

Doodles

By ceesevenmarzartworks

Doodles

By CrimsonTearDrops319

Doodles

By CrimsonTearDrops319

Doodles

By CrimsonTearDrops319

Doodles

By Acting-Out

Doodles

By GenerallySpeaking

Doodles

By GenerallySpeaking

Doodles

By lei-melendres

Doodles

By lei-melendres

Doodles

By pikajane

Doodles

By pikajane

Doodles

By pikajane

Doodles

By lei-melendres

Doodles

By vincenteteng

Doodles

By vincenteteng

Doodles

By vincenteteng

Doodles

By vincenteteng

For more inspiration please see:

May 17 2013

11:06

Photo Manipulation and Digital Art Inspiration, May, 2013

Welcome to the second article in the new series that showcases inspirational photo manipulations, and here we are back with some amazing works or art that will amaze you once again, as promised. So without wasting any more time, let’s dig in, and see what we have here for this month.

TV Bots

TV Bots

Computer Man

Computer Man

Light Lady

Light Lady

Revealing Identity

Revealing Identity

Space Expedition

Space Expedition

Guitar Imagination

Guitar Imagination

Zebra Formation

Zebra Formation

Ice Cream Watch

Ice Cream Watch

Holding Cup

Holding Cup

The Juggler

The Juggler

Golden Man

Golden Man

Erasing Door

Erasing Door

Biker Wolf

Biker Wolf

Skeleton Family

Skeleton Family

Astronaut on Fire

Astronaut on Fire

Speed Lovers

Speed Lovers

Young vs Old

Young vs Old

Thunderbeast

Thunderbeast

Insect Ride

Insect Ride

Road to Victory

Road to Victory

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Well then, we come to the end of this month’s photo inspiration article, and I hope that you have enjoyed this article, so see you next time. Don’t forget to leave in your comments and let us know your thoughts regarding this collection.

About the Author:

This article has been written by Rahul Chowdhury, who is the Founder of Being Creative, which is a place where you can find inspirational pictures like these featured above. Rahul Chowdhury is a blogger and photography fan, who currently expresses his thoughts and creative collections at his blogs.

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May 15 2013

11:06

25 Amazing Black and White Photographs

Many of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring photographs are in black and white. Although color is an important part of photography and design, sometimes limiting the colors can result in powerful imagery. In this post we’ll showcase 25 different black and white photos for your inspiration and entertainment.

The photos showcased in this post come from a variety of different photographers. Each photo links to the source, so if you want to see more from a particular photographer please follow the links.

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Tom Hussey

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Martin Stavars

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Dhiren Babaria

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Pratiksha Suryawanshi

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Facundo Garay

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Ron Gessel

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Gilles Vidal

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Birgitte Rubaek

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Francesca Solloway

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Paul Murphy

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Paul Murphy

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Josephine Cardine

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Alberto Chollet

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: F.R.J. Design and Photography

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Andrea Serrau

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Julien Coquentin

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Julien Coquentin

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Татьяна Кошутина

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Luiza Lehtinen

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Christopher Macquet

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Josephine Cardin

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Marta Varela

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Pauline Darley

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Barry Yanowitz

Black and White Photography

Photo credit: Christian

For more inspiration please see:

About the Author:

Marc runs PhotographyPla.net, a website that provides resources for Photographers. Get a free set of Photoshop Actions by subscribing to the PhotographyPla.net newsletter.

May 08 2013

13:07

50 Vintage Logos for Inspiration

Vintage and retro style is a popular choice for web and graphic design. While we’ve showcased vintage web designs in the past, we’ve never focused on vintage style logos. Well, that vintage and retro feel can be an excellent choice for logos as well. Vintage-style badges are especially popular elements to use in logo designs right now, and you’ll see several examples within the selection below. In addition to badges, other elements like sunrays, gears, rockets, and ribbons are also used to enhance the retro feel. Sometimes objects from the past, like vinyl records or classic cars, tend to pop up in these types of designs for added character.

In this post we’ll showcase 50 vintage/retro logo designs from a wide variety of different designers. Hopefully this will provide some inspiration that can be put to good use in your own work. Some of the examples here are in use in the real world, some were unused proposals that clients did not choose, and a few are experimental designs just for fun. Regardless, they all use a design style that can be used by many types of logos.

Walker Tire

Walker Tire

Lavender Fastener Company

Lavender Fastener Company

Cosmo Pop

Cosmo Pop

Colorado’s Top Brewers

Colorado's Top Brewers

 

Pixelfly

Pixelfly

Cutler-Hammer

Cutler-Hammer

The Redemption

The Redemption

The Midnight Jam

The Midnight Jam

Holloway Memorial COGIC

Holloway Memorial COGIC

Хуторок

Хуторок

The Front Porch

The Front Porch

Charlie’s Catering Experience

Charlie's Catering Experience

Milkman

Milkman

American Billiards Service

American Billiards Service

Blacklands Malt

Blacklands Malt

Anvilvideo Productions

Anvilvideo Productions

Goat House Brewery

Goat House Brewery

Brew’d

Brew'd

Belle City Brew Fest

Belle City Brew Fest

Grease Monkey

Grease Monkey

The Clean Cut

The Clean Cut

Chuck’s Garage

Chuck's Garage

Manor Coffee

Manor Coffee

Retro Wall Street

Retro Wall Street

Muzzle Loaders

Muzzle Loaders

Family Classic Cars

Family Classic Cars

Barrel Roll Creative

Barrel Roll Creative

Funk Shed

Funk Shed

The Astor Theatre

The Astor Theatre

Render Engine

Render Engine

Beverage Alliance

Beverage Alliance

Greyston Bakery

Greyston Bakery

Sleeping Owl

Sleeping Owl

Toco Madera Casino

Toco Madera Casino

Strive Studio

Strive Studio

Betty Who

Betty Who

Tokyo Bicycles

Tokyo Bicycles

The Big Top Fashion Show

The Big Top Fashion Show

Hypnotic Design

Hypnotic Design

Pinup Girl Espresso

Pinup Girl Espresso

Vintage Steels

Vintage Steels

Steele Glassworks

Steele Glassworks

High Peak Images

High Peak Images

SIDE

SIDE

Peter’s Gourmetsaser

Peter's Gourmetsaser

Fedorable Hat Co.

Fedorable Hat Co

Captain Creative

Captain Creative

Big Reach

Big Reach

Pint

Pint

Red Dog

Red Dog

For more inspiration from logo design please see:

May 06 2013

12:41

33 Examples of the Flat Web Design Trend

Currently, one of the biggest trends in the web design industry is the flat design style. In case you are not yet familiar with the term, flat design is essentially design without the drop shadows, gradients, and textures that have been common in web design for some time. Flat design uses solid colors and often typography figures prominently into the design.

In this post we’ll showcase 33 excellent examples of the flat web design trend. Hopefully they can provide some inspiration that can be put to use in your own work.

Buffalo

Buffalo

United Pixelworkers

United Pixelworkers

LayerVault

LayerVault

Oak.is

Oak.is

Crafting Type

Crafting Type

Etch

Etch

Alan Horne

Alan Horne

MetroTwit

MetroTwit

The Gently Mad

The Gently Mad

Float

Float

Friends of the Web

Friends of the Web

Microsoft

Microsoft

Supereight Studio

Supereight Studio

Build 2012

Build 2012

Fhoke

Fhoke

Fitbit

Fitbit

Future Insights Live

Future Insights Live

Inky

Inky

Naldz Graphics

Naldz Graphics

Ivo Mynttinen

Ivo Mynttinen

Erik Ford

Erik Ford

True

True

Symbolset

Symbolset

William Leeks

William Leeks

Thibault Jorge

Thibault Jorge

FreeAssociation

FreeAssociation

Xero

Xero

Quartz

Quartz

Award

Award

Standbuy

Standbuy

Thomas Schrijer

Thomas Schrijer

Manos

Manos

Snowbird

Snowbird

For more design inspiration please see:

April 08 2013

11:09

25 Bright and Bold Website Designs

Color choices can sometimes be one of the most difficult parts of a web design project, and the color scheme will have a huge impact on the overall look of the finished product. While most websites tend to use safe colors, some projects call for a more bold approach and the use of some bright and vibrant colors.

In this post we’ll showcase a collection of 25 bright websites to serve as inspiration. Hopefully these examples can provide the inspiration that you need when looking for a way to use bright and vibrant colors in an effective manner.

Dropify

Dropify

The Basement

The Basement

Desert Chill

Desert Chill

Wilderness School

Wilderness School

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

Candy Buffet

Candy Buffet

Apigee

Apigee

styli.se

styli.se

Rainbow Nursery

Rainbow Nursery

Gloo Sticker Albums

Gloo Sticker Albums

MelonHTML5

MelonHTML5

Pixilate

Pixilate

ArtSee

ArtSee

Tilde Inc.

Tilde Inc.

The New Zealand Beer Festival

The New Zealand Beer Festival

YCN Studio

YCN Studio

Sailthru 2012 Annual Report

Sailthru 2012 Annual Report

GUM

GUM

Tornobambino

Tornobambino

Dtailed

Dtailed

Flow Media

Flow Media

Captain Daylight

Captain Daylight

James Hayter

James Hayter

Samsung Smart TV

Samsung Smart TV

Museum of Art

Museum of Art

For more design inspiration please see:

April 05 2013

11:06

Photo Manipulation Inspiration – April, 2013

Welcome to the first post of the new series called “Photo Manipulation Inspiration of the Month“, and we are delighted to present to you, a list of 20 carefully selected photo manipulations, and other artworks every month on the Vandelay Design Blog. Starting from this post, you will be able to see a photo inspiration article every month based on different types of photo manipulations.

So, without wasting anymore time, let’s start scrolling and enjoy these awesome photo manipulations, which you might not have seen before,

Unleashing the Spirit

Unleashing the Spirit

Relaxing on Moon

Relaxing on Moon

The Iron Hulk

Iron Hulk

The Crashed Spaceship

Crashed Ship

Bending Car

Bending Car

The Bookman

The Bookman

Facebook Pokeball

Facebook Pokeball

Boot Words

Boot Words

Candle Sign

Candle Sign

The Dead End

The Dead End

Stylish Witch

Stylish Witch

Cat Roller

Cat Roller

Hand Car Crash

Hand Car Crash

Flaming Jellyfish

Flaming Jellyfish

Mega Board

Mega Board

Boot Legs

Boot Legs

Decorating the Sky

Decorating the Sky

Walking Land

Walking Land

Hand Tail

Hand Tail

The Human Cage

Human Cage

So now we had to conclude the article, but we promise that we will be bringing much more creative and awesome photo manipulations in the upcoming months, so stay tuned.

About the Author:

This article has been written by Rahul Chowdhury, who is the Founder of Being Creative, which is a place where you can find inspirational pictures like these featured above. Rahul Chowdhury is a blogger and photography fan, who currently expresses his thoughts and creative collections at his blogs.

Tags: Galleries

April 03 2013

11:14

Showcase of Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Web design is an eclectic industry with a wide range of creative professionals with all sorts of backgrounds. Some of them are very artistic backgrounds. This is evident by the number of design elements that fill the web and that are in use which are rooted in other arts. Elements that are meant to replicate those artistic mediums and transfer them into the digital realm.

Today we are looking at a showcase of web designs that have all included some watercolor effects with inspiring effectiveness. Below we have taken some screencaps and included some of the ways these fantastic designers have brought this ‘mixed media’ feel to their designs and the web audiences interacting with them.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Fabien Barral’s site uses a slight stained watercolor texture in the background is subtly employed to add a bit of richness to the header. The arrows also carry a light bit of watercolor texturing, allowing them to stand out a bit more. With the site layout being so clean and sharp, the watercolor effects add a nice bit of balance here.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

XHTML Cafe fully commits to the whole mixed media look with their colorfully illustrated header that captures the look of a pen and watercolor drawing perfectly. Giving the site a whimsical feel, the watercolor effects work flawlessly to help sell this tone to the user.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Football Made in Africa uses bold, in your face watercolor effects all throughout the design with stunning results. Watercolors are not often the first thing that comes to mind when going for the grunge design approach, but as we see here, it can be done with a hard edge that works fabulously to that end.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Moonbeam Illustrations has a wonderfully, and deeply textured site, that features splashes of watercolor works and effects in various fashion throughout. All of these elements come together to create a fantastic layered constructed feel to the design.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Small White Bear blends watercolor textures and cute illustrated iconography and imagery to help bring a serious issue to the forefront with a design that tugs gently at the heartstrings. The subtle watercolor effects adding dashes of color and depth to the site.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Antonio Rozco’s site is another fine example of watercolor effects being used to help create a grungy look for the site. Done very artistically, including the canvas like textured background, the design ties all of the elements together beautifully. The watercolors acting as a nice highlight to the rest.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Jacksonville Artwalk uses a mass of layered watercolor effects to create a colorfully muddied focal point to allow their massive header to display against the large image behind it. With the nature of the site being what it is, this perfectly compliments and accents the group’s mission and purpose.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Pupa has dozens of illustrated children gathered in interest sitting on the floor for the design, all of which have watercolor-esque fills to give the site a welcoming and playful appearance. Overall, while subtle, the effects brilliantly compliment the feel of the site, and give it that finishing touch of a mixed media illustration.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

The Happy Time Cafe has a beautifully designed interface that uses a multi-color watercolor wash behind the elements in the header and footer (and more). Each element also has the look and feel of a watercolor painting. Working well with the canvas texturing beneath it, the site has the feel of an actual painting versus a digital rendering of a painting.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Olszanska is one of the first sites that we have come to where the watercolor effects are used more for highlights than as texture or background. With these subtle inclusions, the site takes on a bit more grunge to mix with the other elements working in that tone through the design. Nicely accented.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Francesco Mugnai’s design uses multiple instances of watercolor effects to compile and complete a very technically sound and stunning illustration for the site’s header. As both background and fills, the site’s watercolor-esque design has the perfect blend of a hard grunge edge and soft artistic heart that makes it an easy feature in this showcase.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Klinkov’s site design takes on a much more minimalistic approach than most of the ones we have featured thus far, but the watercolor painted effects help to give the whitespace it encroaches upon a nice bit of texture and personality. Given that the site is home to a painter, this is no mistake.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

World Snowboard Day 2007 was marked with this stunningly detailed and layered design filled with rich watercolor textures and effects throughout. While the site does have music that plays without bidding or warning, the design itself was too breathtaking not to feature.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Simple Living Style uses some wonderful watercolor effects throughout the design to create a very simply style that is both charming and welcoming. The soft colors and watercolor texturing work harmoniously to envelope the user in a warm, cozy blanket of visual comfort.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Lucuma has a design with a ‘painted’ background filled with watercolor-like brush strokes to give the design some texture and a few extra touches of soft grunge. Overall, while simple, it works extremely well to sell the tone the site carries.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Giancarlo Fajardo has a gorgeous header that is perfectly accentuated with splashes of watercolor texturing and patterns. The overly artistic design encapsulates an imaginative nature that users will immediately tie to the one behind it.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

Erguvan Platin does so many things right with this effective and engaging design, that simply highlighting the brilliant use of watercolor textures deployed in the background seems a bit of a short sell. But the stunning way they are used, is just one of the many reasons this site is worth a look.

Watercolor Effects in Web Design

That brings us to the end of this showcase. What were some of your favorites featured? What other sites that use watercolor effects have caught your attention around the web? Leave us your thoughts below.

About the Author:

Artem Minayev, Brand Manager at Webhostinghub.com – helping you to get online in minutes. Visit our Education Channels and Community Support pages to find answers to your questions. Follow us on Twitter.

April 01 2013

11:00

A Showcase of Beautiful Office Spaces

You spend a massive proportion of your life there, so it goes without saying that where you work really matters. Gone are the days when offices had to be beige and grey boxes where workers were kept captive from nine to five. Modern offices can be playful, cool, stylish and – dare we even say it – fun. That’s right, fun. At work of all places.

So, if your workstation is currently a mess of papers, sandwich packets and unwatered plants this post is for you. Or perhaps you’re seeking some inspiration to help set up the perfect home office. Whatever your motivation, this collection of beautiful and exciting work spaces should get your creativity flowing. So put down that bog-standard office-supplies catalog and start getting inventive with your work space – here’s how you do it.

Google, Zurich

Google, Zurich

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Eccentric and user-friendly are just two words that you could use to describe Google’s Zurich HQ. It currently houses over 300 employees and features plenty of touches of brilliance in the shape of fireman’s poles, Swiss chalet meeting rooms and cable car work stations, as can be seen here.

The White Mountain Data Centre, Stockholm

The White Mountain Data Centre, Stockholm

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This incredible office space, for The White Mountain Data Centre, is one of the most unique and exciting work spaces we’ve ever seen. The space has been hewn out of solid rock 100 feet below street level in Stockholm and was originally intended to be a nuclear bunker. The shelter was refurbished by Albert France Lanord Architects.

Three Rings Design Inc, San Francisco

Three Rings Design Inc, San Francisco

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The online games developer Three Rings Design Inc have taken Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as their office inspiration. They’ve used Victorian art and furniture along with seafaring memorabilia and technology to create a genuinely thrilling and imagination-fueling environment.

Pixar, California

Pixar, California

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Famous across the world, the Pixar offices in Emeryville are a magical playground for its employees. Games rooms, work pods, living rooms, garden sheds; if it’s quirky, cool and totally unexpected you’ll probably find it somewhere on the sprawling Pixar campus.

Atelier Tenjinyama, Japan

Atelier Tenjinyama, Japan

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Seamlessly blurring the boundaries between indoors and out is the elegant offices for Atelier Tenjinyama. Think transparent walls, dirt floors, glass ceilings and floor to roof windows that open up the space and let the natural elements flood in.

The Hub, Madrid

The Hub, Madrid

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These offices have been through several different guises. They used to be a garden, then they were a railway station, then a garage, before finally being converted into the HQ for The Hub. The site had been untouched since the 1940s and the talented architects at ch+qs made it their mission to leave as much of the original features in place. The result is airy, light and effortlessly elegant.

Comvert’s Bastard Store, Milan

Comvert’s Bastard Store, Milan

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Comvert manufacture clothing and accessories for skateboarders so their offices are appropriately cool. They’re based in a renovated theatre in central Milan with custom designed interiors to reflect the tastes, habits and work patterns of their employees. The building features impressive marble floors, curved staircases and a graffitied courtyard complete with an obligatory enormous skating bowl.

Red Bull, London

Red Bull, London

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The Red Bull HQ is the brainchild of the quirky designers at Jump Studios. The focus is clearly on fun, with a huge slide that runs through the centre of the building sitting playfully next to a sleek floating staircase.

AOL Ventures, New York City

AOL Ventures, New York City

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Sitting on a prime spot of real estate on Broadway, the Keegan Vance Forte-designed head office for AOL Ventures is a bright, airy space filled with vintage billiard tables, old-fashioned oriental rugs and cool exposed brick-work.

Square, San Francisco

Square, San Francisco

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Square is a mobile payments start-up based in San Francisco. Their offices are an obsessively clean space with sharp lines, muted tones and strong industrial aesthetics.

Microsoft, Vienna

Microsoft, Vienna

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Completed in 2011, the Vienna office is one of Microsoft’s newest ventures. Its got themed conference rooms – including one that’s been decked-out like a hunting lodge – and a huge reception area with a feature green wall, shown here.

Urban Outfitters, Philadelphia

Urban Outfitters, Philadelphia

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Urban Outfitter’s $100 million dollar offices are housed in four expansive, decommissioned buildings by the Delaware River on the site of a disused Navy Yard. They’ve won several awards for innovation in adaptive design and showcase a clever style that reflects the heritage of the buildings.

Parliament, Portland

Parliament, Portland

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A homely log cabin makes a welcoming and personality-filled workspace for this Portland-based creative agency.

Cargo, Geneva

Cargo, Geneva

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Group8, the designers behind this brilliant office, took a massive industrial warehouse and filled it with 16 shipping containers to create conference rooms and meeting spaces. An appropriate and stylish homage to the company’s roots.

Google, New York City

Google, New York City

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This time Google are working their interior-decor magic in New York City. There’s a soundproofed room filled with electric guitars and a drum kit; there’s a life-size NYC street mural. We want to work there.

Wonder Factory, New York City

Wonder Factory, New York City

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Rooms at the Wonder Factory are a multi-sensory delight with colour-themed decor, antique furnishings and incredible views of the Empire State Building.

AirBnB, San Francisco

AirBnB, San Francisco

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AirBnB is a website that offers affordable and unusual accommodation alternatives to staying in a hotel. Their HQ is suitably unique too; conference rooms have been designed to resemble some of the sites more quirky listings, right down to the minutest of detail.

Google, Tel Aviv

Google, Tel Aviv

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And coming full circle, we’re back with Google, this time at their new Tel Aviv offices. Opened in 2012 and covering an epic 8,000 square metres, each of its seven floors have been styled around a different theme including culture and heritage, joy and optimism, friends and family and humour and fun. That’s right, fun. At work of all places. Whatever next?

About the Author:

This post was contributed by Claire Roper on behalf of Click Inks. Claire has a keen interest in design and enjoys reading and writing in the spare time.

Tags: Galleries

March 27 2013

11:43

25 Church Websites for Design Inspiration

Providing design inspiration has always been one of our primary objectives with this blog. If you’re working on designing a website for a church one of the best ways to get ideas and inspiration for your project is to browse through a number of well-designed church websites from a variety of different designers. In this article we’ll showcase 25 examples of attractive church sites for help with your own inspiration.

Salisbury Christian Church

Salisbury Christian Church

Fellowship Bible Church Dallas

Fellowship Bible Church Dallas

White’s Chapel UMC

White's Chapel UMC

Lake Hills Church

Lake Hills Church

Higher Dimension Church

Higher Dimension Church

Northwood Church

Northwood Church

Christian Faith Center

Christian Faith Center

Gateway Church

Gateway Church

Mount Ararat Church

Mount Ararat Church

City Church Chicago

City Church Chicago

Shoreline Church

Shoreline Church

City of Life Church

City of Life Church

Church of His Presence

Church of His Presence

Kingdom Life Fellowship

Kingdom Life Fellowship

Grace Community Church

Grace Community Church

Centro Cristiano

Centro Cristiano

Christ Fellowship Church

Christ Fellowship Church

121 Community Church

121 Community Church

Aloma Church

Aloma Church

First Baptist Dallas

First Baptist Dallas

Valley Creek Church

Valley Creek Church

Arise Church

Arise Church

Free Chapel Worship Center

Free Chapel Worship Center

Rolling Hills Christian Church

Rolling Hills Christian Church

Southland

Southland

For more showcases of church websites please see:

March 20 2013

11:21

Showcase of Lomo Photography

Lomography is an analog camera movement that creates interesting photos (the effects can also be replicated in Photoshop). The Lomographic Society International was founded in 1992 by a group of Viennese students after they discovered the Lomo LC-A camera created by LOMO PLC of Saint Petersburg, Russia (source).

The characteristics of lomo photography or lomography include cross processed colors, increased saturation, and blurred edges and vignetting. Here we’ll showcase 23 different examples of lomo photography for your own inspiration.

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Danx Garrido

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Jorge Mestre Simao

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Marlon Cureg

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Celine Rodriguez

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Lea Berger

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Melroy Dsilva

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Melroy Dsilva

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Joao Unzer

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Lorenzo Cotrina Preciado

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Daniel Battiston

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Stu Stu Studio

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Stu Stu Studio

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Artboredom

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Rachel Lovatt

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Will Manley

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Demian Ayala

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Hernan Ramos B.

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: ju-gai

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Tyger18

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: HFMp

Lomo Photography

Photo credit oO-Rein-Oo

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: batongbato

Lomo Photography

Photo credit: Andrew Deci

For more inspiration from photography please see:

Tags: Galleries

March 19 2013

11:07

20 Surreal Photo Manipulations for Inspiration

Many of us love fantasy and seeing photos that cannot be or aren’t real, as they tell us that we can be more than this. As many of us know, such photos are called surreal, and now in this article I am going to present some awesome surreal photo manipulations that you might not have seen before.

So, don’t wait and start scrolling down to see some wonderful and astonishing photos that might leave you wondering why these things cannot be true.

The Flying Saucer

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Nature OS

Surreal Photo Manipulation

The Explorer

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Stellar Tiger

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Floating Inside a Bubble

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Striking a Matchstick

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Flying Pegasus

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Water Gods

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Reaching for the Stars

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Levitating Chairs

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Fire Breath

Surreal Photo Manipulation

The Sunken City

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Flying Trees

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Powering the Earth

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Crashed Space Ship

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Sitting on Clouds

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Story Unleashed

Surreal Photo Manipulation

The Hollow Soldier

Surreal Photo Manipulation

Cycling Through Clouds

Surreal Photo Manipulation

The Rat’s Bar

Surreal Photo Manipulation

About the Author:

This article has been written by Rahul Chowdhury, who is the Founder of Being Creative, which is a place where you can find inspirational pictures like these featured above. Rahul Chowdhury is a blogger and photography fan, who currently expresses his thoughts and creative collections at his blogs.

September 05 2012

11:15

35 Delicious Food Inspired Website Designs

“Mouth-watering” probably isn’t a word you would think of using to describe web design, but that’s exactly the one that comes to mind when looking at these 35 sites inspired by and focusing on food.

Big Apple Hot Dogs
New York-style hot dogs in London. Their cartoony dogs are so adorable you might not even want to eat them!

Big Apple Hot Dogs

Woki Tokee
This site for what appears to be a Chinese/Mexican fusion restaurant features vibrant, cartoony images of their food all over the main page.

Woki Tokee

Gojee
So food-centric that when you go to this recipe site you are immediately treated to a gorgeous, page-filling image of a meal.

Gojee

Pro Foods
No, it’s not revolutionary for a food company to feature their product on the website, but Pro Foods nicely includes attractive images of the fruits each of their Pro Ade Protein waters are flavored with as part of the pictures.

Pro Foods

Foodspotting
This site for the food-recommending app is similar to Gojee in that it includes a big, gorgeous picture of a recipe on their main page, but they still manage to describe the product as well.

Foodspotting

Benito’s Hat
Ripe, red tomatoes, fresh green cilantro, golden tortilla chips, and a watermelon cocktail paired together on the main page? I’m sold.

Benito’s Hat

The Square Restaurant
How do you convince customers to shell out the big bucks as a fine dining establishment? Square’s amazingly vivid rotating food images on their homepage sure do help.

The Square Restaurant

G’Nosh
This UK restaurant’s site is designed to look like a chalk menu board, but also includes delectable images of foods they serve mixed in.

G’Nosh

Food, Inc.
One of the few sites on this list not selling food in some way, the site for the documentary Food, Inc. makes you think about food a bit differently (just like the movie) by immediately featuring an image of a cow stamped with a UPC label, and links to articles focusing on food.

Food, Inc.

Estates & Wine
With a name like that, you expect elegance and class, and that’s exactly what you get with images of foods, wines, and vineyards on a site dedicated to helping you pair food and wine together well.

Estates & Wine

Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt
You might be forgiven for thinking Blush’s product looks quite a bit like Pinkberry, but they get points in foodie web design by displaying the individual ingredients that go in their yogurt and pairing foods together in a way that’s visually appealing.

Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt

Yogoberry Brazil
Speaking of frozen yogurt, this site not only has pretty images of their food, but smartly uses colors on the site to complement the dishes.

Yogoberry Brazil

Flor Do Marcuja
The main image on their homepage is a gorgeous meal, and the sections you can click on are also all foods from their menu.

Flor Do Marcuja

Kraft Foods
Stunning images of perfectly made meals are all over this site, inviting you to click onward.

Kraft Foods

Culture Kitchen SF
They believe that food is about bring people together and learning about cultures as much as it is about eating. I believe that the site’s design, including beautiful food images and diagrams showing ingredients, will help them to spread the message.

Culture Kitchen SF

Jubble Bubble Tea
Who can resist a main page with an image of refreshing fruits and leaves splashed by water with their tea at the center?

Jubble Bubble Tea

Strawberryj.am
Finally, a site that has nothing to do with food. Strawberryj.am shows you what’s popular on social networks, but the site uses a jar or strawberry jam as a clever motif.

Strawberryj.am

Cake Sweet Cake
Talk about eye candy. This site is chock full of images of delectable-looking cakes for you to peruse (and hopefully order).

Cake Sweet Cake

KFC
Oh yeah. Who wouldn’t love KFC? Even just by looking at their site makes mouths water.

KFC

Porte Sainte Claire
Another high-end restaurant that gets it right. Just show us the food, people!

Porte Sainte Claire

Ness
The site for the Ness app is eye-catching with a giant background of food, as well as a number of smaller food images displayed on an iPhone screen. Better yet, they immediately state their case: it’s a food search engine. Nice.

Ness

Foodzie
The site, a food subscription service, really sells the product by including images of delicious-looking food everywhere.

Foodzie

Napoli Centrale
With pictures of food so vibrant it looks like it’s right in front of you, the only way this restaurant could make me more ready to eat their food is by somehow incorporating small.

Napoli Centrale

About Seafood
The big background picture of a seafood dish sets the mood on this site dedicated to information and recipes for seafood.

About Seafood

California Strawberries
Like strawberries? You’ll love this site that not only has incredible strawberry recipes, but amazing images of these dishes as well.

California Strawberries

Solegiallo
Is there such a thing as food porn? This catering company will have you wanting to call them up immediately with their stunning giant background images of catered meals.

Solegiallo

Orca Bay Seafoods
Feeling fishy? Head to this site to check out a color palate that brings the ocean to life.

Orca Bay Seafoods

Fundo Los Platos
A site for an organic food company that has an earthy and natural feel.

Fundo Los Platos

Oregon Food
Its simple, straightforward design houses a navigation system centered around food: food events, food trips, and places for foodies.

Oregon Food

Brew Shop
Brewing your own beer has never looked so good.

Brew Shop

Wholesome Bakery
The pictures of delicious goodies draw you in, and the text tells the story of good, sustainable food.

Wholesome Bakery

The Coastal Cupboard
See food. Learn how to cook food. Order ingredients. Enjoy!

The Coastal Cupboard

All Recipes
With images of amazing meals everywhere and a clear interface, Allrecipes.com is the go-to place for any kind of recipe you can imagine.

All Recipes

Pivo Kelt
Nothing says European beer like a screen-filling frosty pint, but this site goes further by letting you click on the beer to head to different sections.

Pivo Kelt

As you can see, there are many different ways that food can inspire site designs. The only limit, really, is your imagination.

About the Author:

Ferina Santos is part of the team behind Open Colleges, Australia’s provider of web design courses. A feisty nerd at heart with an obsession for media and vanity, she captures all her random musings with daily photographs in her blog, A Pink Banana.

August 29 2012

11:33

40 Workstations for Your Inspiration

Most designers spend an incredible amount of time in their office on the computer. Because of this, it’s important to have a work area that is comfortable, enjoyable, and encourages creativity. The space doesn’t have to be large or extravagant, but it does need to allow you to do your best work for long periods of time.

In this post we’ll showcase 40 workstation examples. You’ll see a lot of variety among these examples, and hopefully they will serve as inspiration if you are in need of some improvements to your own office or working area.

workstation

Armando Ricalde

workstation

Mark Sebastian

workstation

Jrdn88

workstation

Andrew Carretta

workstation

Tate Johnson

workstation

Wladislaw Sokolowskij

workstation

Magnus Kleditzsch

workstation

Neal Atienza

workstation

Shawn Blanc

workstation

Rubens Scarelli

workstation

Justin Griswold

workstation

Schodts

workstation

saxondale

workstation

Arvid23

workstation

Evan Moore

workstation

Michael Bystrom

workstation

Carl-Johan Kihlbom

workstation

Quentin Fountain

workstation

Tom

workstation

Dennis Klein

workstation

Dennis Klein

workstation

Chengzuo Zhen

workstation

Franck Fontana

workstation

Eston Bond

workstation

fensterbme

workstation

Chris Jagers

workstation

Joost Huver

workstation

Mitchell Joyce

workstation

Mike

workstation

Pahana Alo

workstation

Kempokidd

workstation

bubLexe

workstation

faulty-ai

workstation

Kara Brugman

workstation

Jay Williams

workstation

Jeff Gunn

workstation

Domebyte

workstation

grK49

workstation

Scott Richards

workstation

Matthew Rogers

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